Environment, travel to holiday paradises: construction sites aim for luxury, but eco-sustainability is zero

No energy efficiency, no photovoltaic systems: The villas are in class G.

SENT TO PORTO CERVO. A blue square of one square meter, the only one that has taken root on the antique red tiles on the Costa Smeralda. A solar panel in an anonymous villa in Liscia di Vacca, an isolated sign of eco-sustainability in a class G paradise where architecture is perfectly integrated with the landscape and aesthetics is class A +++. But where the environmental impact remains very great. These are energy-intensive villas that, although well camouflaged in Mediterranean scrub, suck from the network with a 30 kw meter. If the consumption for the wealthy owners does not matter, the bill for the environment is instead high, and you pay for it in terms of emissions. The eco-friendly hourglass has remained nailed until the 1960s. There is no solar panel even to pay for it in gold. There is no open construction site working on the 110 bonus or on energy efficiency. The construction companies that have been working in recent months are either tearing down and remodeling the existing one or carrying out extensions. In Liscia di Vacca, a villa that was not even eight years old has been leveled and another brand new one is being built instead. The architecture is modern, the materials are the classic blocks lined with concrete, there are no traces of green construction. There will be a mega pool that embraces the house and a basement downstairs. The house will be insulated to slow down the spread of internal cooling, but despite the 5 million cost of the intervention, the result will again be a jewel of modern architecture, with great attention to comfort and home automation, but very far from affecting. zero. Maximum peak energy contract, with the possibility to provide all the power that the cable holds. The same on a construction site in Romazzino: a paradise villa, an aesthetic flaw in the owner from Eastern Europe, but reducing emissions is not an intended necessity. Of course: in this part of Eden, as well as on the entire coast of the island. At sea, the houses are thermal sieves in the seventies style, a mixture of blocks and concrete. But in the Costa Smeralda, the landscape sensitivity, unlike elsewhere, has excellent roots, but the environmental has never sprouted. “Photovoltaic panels? Energy saving?”, The technicians in the company doing the work take this as a joke. They are interested in luxury, comfort and beauty and do not save on the bill. Here the contract is over 30 kw ». In a villa, the workers are building a basement room that contains a sauna, a cinema room, a giant jacuzzi pool, above which, like a widescreen screen in the ceiling, a porthole opens into the swimming pool above. Those who relax in the hot tub downstairs can enjoy the immersed sight of those who swim upside down. It takes imagination to imagine certain whims, and it would have required a little to improve the sustainability of the property. Instead, there is no intervention on this side, the villa becomes one of the many energy pumps. Let’s see in detail how it will affect: it will have a heated pool at a constant 30 degrees, while the home environment will have air conditioning day and night around 22 degrees. Along with the kitchen, there will be a cold room, like those in small restaurants, because for dinners, parties and lunches you do not have to stand unmanned. A yacht will be moored in front of the private quay, 40 meters from the shore. Then there is again in the villa the 24-hour video surveillance system and the lawn irrigation system. And speaking of small, combed green expanses, they also leave a strong imprint on the environment. There is perhaps more biodiversity in an abandoned junction of 131 than in an English lawn. Packed with pesticides to kill mosquitoes and shaved every three days with noisy lawn mowers. Cement in the Costa Smeralda is a very small percentage of native vegetation, but anthropization leaves its mark nonetheless. And so far, there is no political sensitivity about wanting to give a green turn, a wonderful place that could show the way on the island. The Costa Smeralda landscape model could also become a model for eco-sustainability. “But we need to change the aesthetic and cultural paradigm – says Roberto Schirru, environmentalist and entrepreneur in the solar cell sector – we must understand once and for all that the roofs of antique tiles have had their time. If we also see the blue of silicon on the houses from above, it will not be a drama. The look needs to get used to. And if architects are well paid and I do not think that is a problem in the Costa Smeralda, they pamper themselves with aesthetic solutions and make functional things beautiful too. Photovoltaic panels perfectly integrated even in the facade, or put in a tile frame. Just look at the blue dome of Stella Maris Church: it perfectly matches the color of the sea. Why can the blue roofs of the villas, finally passive and zero-impact, not do the same? ”.

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